Yesterday Honor held an event in London for the launch of two of their new phones, the 7X and the brand-new flagship the Honor View 10.
The least exciting of the pair, the Honor 7X is a midrange phone with a premium looking edge to edge 5.93-inch full HD+ (2160×1080 pixel) LCD display. The bezel-less design gives the phone an aspect ratio of 18:9 which is something reserved for top of the range phones.
The Honor 7X is powered by the Kirin 659 chipset. This is paired with 4GB of RAM and 32, 64 or 128GB of internal storage (depending on market). These can all be expanded by SD card.
The phone comes with a decent sized 3,340mAh battery. It is good compared to the likes of the Google Pixel 2, but some other phones (including the View 10) offer a much better battery. Combined with the Kirin 659 you should get some pretty good battery life out of it though.
The phone comes with two cameras, but not quite the normal setup. Here you get a primary 16-megapixel sensor accompanied by a 2-megapixel sensor. The latter is here more for depth detection.
Android Nougat (Android 7) and EMUI 5.1 is installed with an update to Oreo and EMUI 8 following very early in the new year.
Strangely the phone still uses a microUSB, which I assume is a cost-saving exercise. You do get a 3.5mm headphone jack though.
The phone will go on sale from December 5th for a competitively priced £269.99.
Honor View 10
The star of the show was the Honor View 10, which is the new flagship device at a relatively affordable price, something akin to the OnePlus strategy.
In fact, this phone is strikingly similar to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro but with some costs cut.
The View 10 is packing a 5.99-inch LCD, 2160×1080 pixels screen, whereas the Mate 10 Pro is equipped with AMOLED. The phone still uses an 18:9 ratio with a minimal bezel design. Like the Mate 10, the fingerprint reader is located under the screen.
Powering the phone is the much-hyped Kirin 970 chipset. This is the same as loaded in the Mate 10 stable and also comes with some AI functions that we have covered in previous posts. The new Kirin 970 features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU and a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU.
Android Oreo and Emotion UI 8 (EMUI 8) come ready out of the box. The UK will be getting the 6GB RAM version of the View 10 with 128GB of storage.
The phone has a hybrid SIM tray, allowing you to use 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM and one MicroSD.
The battery is an impressive 3,750mAh, though this is a little shy of the Mate 10 Pro battery.
The View 10 is kitted out with 16 and 20-megapixel sensors at the rear with f/1.8 lenses.
This phone uses a USB-C port which should charge 50% in 10 minutes, and you also get a 3.5mm headphone socket.
The Honor View 10 hits the shelves on January 8th, 2018 for £449, making it the same price as the recently launched OnePlus 5T.
Hopefully, we will get our hands on the View 10 for review next year and see how it compares with other budget flagships like the 5T and Nokia 8.